Saturday, December 27, 2014 Tevet 5, 5775
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SCRANTON, Pa. Democrat Bob Casey led in the polls virtually from the moment he announced his candidacy to unseat Sen. Rick Santorum some 20 months ago. Nevertheless, analysts argued that the Republican -- a skilled debater and a fierce campaigner -- would find a way to close the gap and take the contest to the distance. But in the end,...
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Rachel Silverman, JE Staff
University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann expected a parade of ghoulish figures to enter her West Philadelphia mansion on Halloween night. Still, when a student dressed as a suicide bomber posed with the costumed president -- and then posted the picture online -- the incident caused more than just a holiday scare. To many in the Jewish community, in particular,...
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Geoffrey W. Melada JE Feature
PITTSBURGH You might not have known that Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, the two-term Republican incumbent, was fighting for his political life when he strode into the Crafton Volunteer Fire Company for a rally on the eve of Election Day. The 48-year-old Pittsburgh-area native -- followed by his wife Karen and their six young children -- looked casual in a brown...
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Rachel Silverman, JE Staff
On Tuesday, the difference in mood between Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach's camp and that of his democratic challenger Lois Murphy seemed like night and day. While an energized crowd of several hundred partied until the wee hours at Murphy's gala in King of Prussia, Gerlach's Exton-based affair emptied out early. And though Gerlach himself appeared calm and collected...
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More than two years after the Presbyterian Church USA angered many Jews by issuing a strong rebuke of Israel at its national general assembly, a group of clergy representing the 2.5-million-member Presbyterian denomination concluded a series of consultations with Jewish leaders that organizers hoped would lay the groundwork for better relations between the two religious communities. "We are really at...
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